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After saying in the Democrats' first debate, in October, that people are tired of hearing about her "damn" emails while secretary of State, Sanders told The Wall Street Journal that the questions about whether Clinton compromised classified information were “valid.”

On Saturday, the Vermont senator dismissed the apparent conflicting comments and moved on from the issue.

“That’s just media stuff. I was sick and tired of Hillary Clinton’s email, I’m still sick and tired of Hillary Clinton’s email,” Sanders said to much applause. “I didn’t know I had so much power, but after I said that we're not hearing much about Hillary Clinton's emails.”

Sanders continued, “What I would like for the media now is for us to be talking about why the middle class is disappearing, why we have more people in jail than any other country, why we have massive levels of income inequality, and we’re the only major country on earth without paid family and medical leave. We’ve gotten off of Hillary emails, good, let’s go to the major issues facing America.”

When asked to respond, Clinton, with a smile, said: “I agree completely. I couldn’t have said it better myself.”

“Look, we need more Americans to be involved in the political process,” Clinton continued. “And I give him a lot of credit for lighting a fire under many people, young, old, everybody who sees a chance to have their voice heard.”

One of the biggest applause lines came when Clinton defended her testimony on the House Benghazi Committee as an example of why she can be trusted: "I think after 11 hours that’s pretty clear."

Clinton noted the differences among the Democratic candidates, Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, then turned her attention to the Republican field.

“But the differences among us pale to what's happening on the Republican side,” Clinton said. “They are putting forth alarming plans. All of us [Democratic candidates] support funding Planned Parenthood, all of us believe climate change is real, all of us want equal pay for equal work. Let’s focus on what this election is really going to be about.”